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JazzYYC Summer Festival

World-class jazz takes spotlight for annual fest

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Start your summer on a high note with a diverse blend of world-class jazz as the third annual JazzYYC Summer Festival takes over Calgary.

Featuring an expanded lineup of shows in all-ages venues, workshops at the National Music Centre, and a mainstage show at Mount Royal University’s TransAlta Pavilion, get ready for four great days of jazz and three incredible series showcasing the best and brightest of the genre.

And thanks to a new partnership with TD Canada Trust you can hit up education programs, JazzYYC Youth Band activities, and the annual JazzWalk schedule of free concerts throughout Calgary. There’s even a student discount program for the festival, allowing students to take $10 off the cost of any ticketed show.

Here’s what we’re checking out at this year’s festival:

Sax Summit

June 15, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)
$25 – $35

One of Canada’s shining stars, join Montreal’s Joel Miller for an evening devoted to the saxophone. The evening also features the Brett McDonald Quartet and is a must for fans of the saxophone and contemporary jazz.

Workshop Series

June 16 & 17, 2017
Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
By donation

Enrich your festival experience with these three workshops at the National Music Centre covering guitar, saxophone, and vocals.

Al Muirhead Canada Sessions Featuring Laila Biali

June 17, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)
$25 – $35

A rare performance bringing together two generations of Canadian jazz masters, join 2016 JUNO nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead for an evening of classic jazz standards featuring award-winning vocalist Laila Biali.

Renee Rosnes & Neil Swainson Duo

June 17, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Trans Alta Pavilion, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
$25 – $35

The first festival concert ever for JazzYYC, the mainstage at MRU sees this special performance take over the TransAlta Pavilion. Featuring this year’s JUNO Award Winner for Best Jazz Album, Solo, Renee Rosnes and Canadian jazz treasure Neil Swainson, it’s a show fans won’t want to miss

Third Annual JazzWalk

June 18, 2017
Throughout the Music Mile
Free, family-friendly

A highlight of both of JazzYYC’s festivals, the day includes popular free events throughout the beautiful Inglewood and 9th Ave. strip. Presented by TD Canada Trust and the Inglewood BIA, the lineup includes an Artwalk with Art plus performances by the Kate Stevens Trio, Aaron Young, Nate Waters, and the JazzYYC Lab Band with Joel Miller.

The JazzYYC Summer Festival runs June 15 to 18, 2017. Head to for the full schedule.